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Overwatch League coming to The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena

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Overwatch League coming to The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena

A new rule change will allow the Washington Justice, Washington D.C.'s Overwatch franchise, to host multiple homestands for the 2020 season.

In doing so there will be two venues that the Justice will utilize for five homestands. The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena will be their home. With this move, Overwatch will come to the nation's capital for the first time after two seasons. 

Both locations are brand new. Located the District Wharf, The Anthem (2,300-3,200 capacity) opened in 2017. The Entertainment and Sports Arena (4,200 capacity) is settled right in the middle of Congress Heights and opened in September of 2018. 

The Entertainment and Sports Arena is also home to the Washington Mystics, the Capital City Go-Go and practices for the Washington Wizards. 

This season there are no games scheduled in the district. A majority of the league's games have been and will be played at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA. There were a couple of specialty homestands in Allen, TX, Cumberland, GA and Los Angeles, CA.

The Washington Justice was founded in 2018 as a part of the league's expansion to 20 teams. The team is owned by Mark Ein, who also owns the Washington Kastles and has managing rights to the Citi Open. Their season runs in four stages, including playoffs, from February to September. Currently the team is 2-19 on the 2019 season and is eliminated from the postseason. 

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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